Plug-In Electric Car Market Share In UK Surges Above 4% In August 2018

British plug-in electric car sales went through the roof.

We have been accustomed to plug-in car sales in UK standing between 2% to nearly 3% of the total market, but August brought us a surprising surge to over 4.2%!

Together with conventional non-rechargeable hybrids, overall around 8% or 1/12th of sales were electrified vehicles. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) notes:

“Meanwhile, the UK’s growing range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars continued to attract buyers, with a record one in 12 people choosing one.1 Demand surged by a substantial 88.7%, with the sector accounting for 8.0% of the market – its highest ever level – as billions of pounds of manufacturer investment help deliver more ultra-low and zero emission models to the market.”

In total, 3,981 new plug-in cars were registered last month, which is almost 132% more than a year ago. Even despite the overall automotive market increasing by 23.1% to 94,094, the plug-ins gained a big increase in share.

Most of the market and growth comes from plug-in hybrids:

  • 659 BEVs (up 38% year-over-year)
  • 3,322 PHEVs (up 168% year-over-year)

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – August 2018

After eight months of 2018, total new plug-in registrations stand at 37,893 (8,980 BEVs and 28,913 PHEVs) at an average market share of nearly 2.4%.

September is always a big month in the UK, so stay tuned for more records soon.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – August 2018


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Tesla drivers say latest software update disabled Autopilot

Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]Since Tesla began rolling out the latest version of Autopilot, many drivers have said the new software hasn’t been so much an upgrade as a defeat of the system. A report in Jalopnik Thursday cited several owners on Tesla user forums reporting that their cars’ Autopilot systems no longer work since the update. One user even said that his Model 3…
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Electric carmaker Nio begins trading on NYSE, aims to sell cars in US

Nio Formula E race car, EP9, ES8 and Eve concept carChinese electric carmaker Nio raised roughly $1 billion in its initial public offering Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. In August, Nio [NYSE: NIO] announced that it hoped to raise $1.3 billion in its initial public offering. Wednesday’s launch around $6 per share fell short of that, but trading jumped Thursday and Friday well above its…
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Electric GT Delays Tesla-Based Racing Series Launch

The Electric GT organization has announced that the start of the inaugural season of the Tesla-based Electric Production Car Series has been postponed.

The series revealed an eight-round calendar back in April that was supposed to get underway with an event – supported by dedicated eKarting and eSports series – at Jerez on November 3-4.

EGT has since delivered its first race-ready Tesla Model S P100DL and announced a five-year technical roadmap for the EPCS, but is now delaying the series’ launch as it seeks a lead investor.

When it was first announced, the series was originally set to launch in 2017.

“Accelerating development in both electric mobility and sustainable energy means ‘The Age of Light’ will fast be with us,” EGT CEO Mark Gemmell said in a statement shared with Motorsport.com.

“The Age of Light is a vision that has driven us for over three years to build an Electric Production Car Series that excites and inspires, and it is now close to final launch.

“Almost everything is ready: we’ve developed three fantastic race categories, received FIA approval and welcomed new technical and broadcast partners.

“The final ingredient is confirming a great lead investor who shares our vision of clean energy and transport, which is fundamental to launching the championship at the highest level possible.

“The championship start date will be set once this lead investor has been confirmed.

“As any start-up, we adapt and test our strategy to make sure the timing is right and the market ready.

“In creating an engaging and inclusive championship, we want to be open with our fans and supporters as we close in on this final step to bring the racing we all want to see.”

Motorsport.com understands that if a lead investor can be brought on-board, then EGT intends to start the EPCS in the first half of 2019.

Although SPV Racing remains the only team to have committed to entering the EPCS so far, it has been suggested that several other squads are interested in joining the championship.


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City leaders pledge to fast-track electric bus fleets

Proterra Catalyst electric busDensely populated cities should consider switching to all-electric truck and bus fleets, elected officials and business leaders agreed this week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The political and manufacturing leaders joined in the “Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero” pledge to focus on electrifying commonly used…
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Nissan Confirms “Longer-Range Version” Of LEAF Coming In The Future

Rolling into 2019, Nissan has decided to leave LEAF pricing as is.

That’s fine by us, as the LEAF is still the most affordable electric car available today with a range of over 150 miles.

While pricing is okay, what we’re disappointed by is the fact that Nissan still is reluctant to commit to a date for the highly anticipated 60-kWh version that reportedly will come with active thermal management for the battery pack.

However, this vague mention is buried in the pricing release:

A longer-range version will be available in the future.

We believe this to be the first time the automaker has publicly acknowledged the longer-range LEAF.

Perhaps the 60-kWh LEAF will be sold later this year as a Model Year 2020 offering? Since the competition is heating up and sales of the LEAF are lagging, likely due to the fact that its range is not quite up there with the big boys these days, the 60-kWh LEAF can’t come soon enough.

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Full press blast below:

Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2019 LEAF

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan has announced U.S. pricing for the 2019 Nissan LEAF, on sale now at LEAF Certified Nissan dealers nationwide.

The 2019 Nissan LEAF features a starting MSRP1 of $29,990 for the LEAF S – with pricing for all three trim levels unchanged from 2018. The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in the world2 with more than 348,000 global sales and over 123,000 U.S. sales since its 2010 debut.

The second-generation Nissan LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s approach to changing the way cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. Three key aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, are Nissan Intelligent Driving, Nissan Intelligent Power and Nissan Intelligent Integration.

The 2019 LEAF features a 150-mile driving range3, attractive exterior design, roomy high- tech interior and advanced technologies including ProPILOT Assist4 and e-Pedal5.

For 2019, Nissan LEAF adds standard Rear Door Alert (RDA)6 (late availability). A longer-range version will be available in the future.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices1 (MSRP) for the 2019 Nissan LEAF are:

LEAF S $29,990 USD
LEAF SV $32,490 USD
LEAF SL $36,200 USD
Destination and Handling $895 USD

About the 2019 Nissan LEAF
The 2019 Nissan LEAF’s lithium-ion battery pack delivers an estimated range of 150 miles, which satisfies the daily driving needs of most LEAF owners.

Available technology and convenience features include standard e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), automatic on/off headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Automatic Temperature Control with HVAC timer (7.0-inch information display) and 60/40 split fold-down rear seat.

Also available are NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM®, Bose® Premium Audio with seven speakers, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Quick Charge Port, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM) and Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA).

Every 2019 Nissan LEAF is offered with a limited warranty7 covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.

For more information on the 2019 LEAF and the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit NissanNews.com.


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Hyundai Reveals Render Of Fuel Cell Truck For 2019

Hyundai bets on hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

It seems that Hyundai has envied the Toyota Portal project and would like to have its own hydrogen fuel cell truck – here is the render the of vehicle that will be unveiled at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

The market launch of Hyundai FCV truck is scheduled for 2019. Plans for the European market will be announced at the premiere.

“Hyundai Motor today presented a first look at a render image of a new truck with fuel cell powertrain which is set to be launched in 2019. After the ix35 Fuel Cell and the NEXO, Hyundai presents yet another milestone for its leadership in fuel cell technology with the presentation of the fuel cell electric truck.

Fuel cell electric truck boasts distinctive design which sets it apart from other Hyundai commercial vehicle line-up. The truck aims at simple and clean design which is also aerodynamically efficient with a spoiler and side protector.

The front grille symbolizes hydrogen through geometric shapes, giving the vehicle a unique and powerful look. The vehicle emanates an eco-friendly look with an iconic blue color application and a bold side body graphic on the container, which visualizes its dynamic character.

During the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 taking place in Hanover Germany, Hyundai will announce the future plans for introducing the fuel cell electric truck in the European eco-friendly commercial vehicle market next year as well revealing vehicle specification.

Hyundai Motor also recently completed South Korea’s first domestic highway journey with an autonomously navigated semi-trailer truck. Hyundai’s Xcient truck drove approximately 40km on the highway between Uiwang and Incheon, carrying large semi-trailer simulating cargo transportation, showcasing Hyundai’s innovative technological advancement in future mobility.”


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BMW Ditches Diesel In Favor Of Plug-In Hybrids In U.S.

BMW is expected to resign from the diesel version of the new X5 in the U.S.

When diesel sales plummeted after Volkswagen’s dieselgate, BMW was saying it would not write off diesel, but with the announcement of the new X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid, there is no info on the diesel version of the X5.

Green Car Reports learned that BMW intends to get rid of diesel cars from its entire lineup pretty soon in the U.S.:

“A BMW spokesman told Green Car Reports on Tuesday that it will drop diesels from its lineup for 2019.

“We’re putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket,” said BMW spokesman Alexander Schmuck.”

“The spokesman also said the upcoming X5 xDrive45e will use an inline-6, which will be easier for the company to meet California’s SULEV clean-air standards.”

In the updated news, BMW has clarified its statement that the final decision has not been made so there is still a chance for X5 diesel, but you can feel that even if German manufacturer decides to give it a few more years, the end is still near.

“The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio accordingly.”

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